Providence Housing Authority

100 Broad Street
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island
(401) 751-6400

Providence Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Providence, Rhode Island that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of March 19th, 2019, Providence Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Providence Housing Authority serves Providence.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Providence, Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Providence Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The PHA offers 13 Public Housing communities with 2,605 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Download a pre-application here, then print and complete.
2. Visit the PHA to pick up an application, located at 100 Broad St., Providence, RI.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

No preferences were noted.

More information can be found by visiting the PHA website at http://www.pha-providence.com/, or by calling 401-751-6400, during normal office hours.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 4017516400.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/06/2015.

Other Providence Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Providence, Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for six days in November 2016, and before that in 1998. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.



To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.


This waiting list has the following preferences: Victim of domestic violence, Rhode Island resident.



5,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.


Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.


For more information, visit the PHA website, or call the office at (401) 751-6400.

Last Updated on 12/01/2018.

About Providence Housing Authority

More information about Providence Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.pha-providence.com/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/19/2019, it is not known if Providence Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Providence Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Providence Housing Authority manages 2,380 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,920 53 72 110 188
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $661 $500 $608 $736 $570
Monthly Cost $1,268,484 $26,502 $43,743 $80,992 $107,092

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Providence Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 10% having issued approximately 211 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 57 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $14,613 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 55% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

48% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

77% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 23% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Providence Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 22% include at least one person with a disability. 34% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 47% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Providence Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $375 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $719. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $157.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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